You Won’t Believe How Much The BET Awards Have Changed

The BET Awards, which kicked off in 2001, is a little like a family reunion. Our favorite entertainers gather for epic performances and shady audience moments that eventually make for the best GIFs. And the red carpet is one for the beauty books.

The dress code is not as formal as the Oscars or as edgy as the Grammy's, but it falls into a sweet spot that's inspiring, a little wild, and celebrates all the Black girl magic. Because you're not going to get a burgundy curls with a matching rhinestone headband at just any ceremony, okay?

Check out some of the best throwback beauty looks from the BET Awards, ahead of the ceremony airing this Sunday, June 25. If this show is a reunion, consider this the slightly embarrassing family album.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
2001
MJB's sharp blonde bob and glossy nude lip were suitable for any dancery (just don't bring the hateration).
Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
2001
Destiny's Child was known for coordinating their looks, and apparently they all shared a tube of copper lip gloss, too.
Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
2002
Matching your hair to your rhinestoned Puma headband is the sort of magic we've come to expect from Missy Elliott.
Photo: L. Cohen/WireImage.
2003
Solange is almost unrecognizable with long straight hair in 2003.
Photo: L. Cohen/WireImage.
2004
Before experimenting with various shades of blonde, Beyoncé was a warm brunette —and, we have to say, it looks gorgeous.
Photo: Enos Solomon/FilmMagic.
2005
Halle Berry's been known for her pixie cut since the '90s, but in 2005 she tried a longer, looser style.
Photo: Jason Merritt/FilmMagic.
2007
Rihanna looked downright angelic with coppery lids, warm blush, and an asymmetrical curly bob. 10 years later, we'd still wear this.
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
2009
Taraji P. Henson had the right idea: flipped ends are always in style.
Photo: Leon Bennett/WireImage.
2010
Nicki Minaj's calf-length weave is nice, but we do miss her bright-colored wigs!
Photo: Maury Phillips/WireImage.
2011
When Willow Smith can't whip her hair back and forth, a sculptural braid is a pretty cool alternative.
Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage.
2014
Zendaya's toughened up her sweet peachy makeup and pigtail braids with a baseball cap and hoops. Also, those brows.
Photo: Prince Williams/Gett Images.
2016
You'd think that a rainbow-striped sequined dress might call for toned-down glam, but Yara Shahidi's side-swept frohawk and purple shadow enhanced her look instead of overpowering it.
Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.
2016
Gabrielle Union's Senegalese twists, adorned with filigree tubes, looked ridiculously regal.
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